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IRS Authority to Audit a Church

Are Church Audits on the Rise? Recently it was discovered that the IRS had processed several cases involving prohibited political activity by churches under the “reasonable belief” determination rules. In addition, the IRS has confirmed that, as of June 2014, it had determined that there are at least 99 other churches who they believe merit […]

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Reductions in Service Levels at the IRS Likely As Congress Continues to Cut Funding

The IRS Commissioner recently cautioned that taxpayers should expect more reductions in IRS services as budget cuts continue. The IRS’s funding level for Fiscal year 2014 is $11.29 billion, or about $850 million below fiscal year 2010 funding. In July, the House approved a $10.9 billion fiscal year 2015 budget for the IRS, reflecting a […]

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IRS Form 990 Filing Exemption for Churches

Form 990 was adopted in the early 1940s after fears in Congress that some nonprofits were using their favorable tax-exempt status to compete with for-profit businesses. The IRS has used the form ever since as a way to monitor compliance by charities with the tax law. Earlier this year the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed […]

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IRS Moving Ahead with Form 1023-EZ

The IRS has announced it intends to move forward with plans to implement Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, during the summer of 2014. Presently about 60 percent to 70 percent of all applications for exemption under code sec. 501(c)(3) are received from smaller organizations […]

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